Mar 16, 2021 - News
Minnesotan Michelle Young to star as "The Bachelorette"
Michelle Young, the upcoming Bachelorette
Michelle Young. Photo: ABC/The Bachelor

Minnesotan Michelle Young didn't get a proposal on last night's "The Bachelor" finale, but her (televised) journey for love will continue.

  • Young, a 27-year-old teacher from Edina and former Woodbury basketball star, will serve as the leading woman for season 18 of ABC's "The Bachelorette."
  • ā€œI really do think that this process works," she said on the "After the Final Rose" special.

How we got here: Bachelor Matt James broke things off with Young and ended the season dating finalist Rachael Kirkconnell.

  • James and Kirkconnell called it quits amid a controversy over social media activity the 24-year-old acknowledged was "offensive and racist."
  • Young, meanwhile, became a fan favorite, especially back home.

What's next: Young's season is set to debut in the fall.

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